October Bellow, 16"x20" Charcoal on Canvas
Growing up as a kid in New England, long before I made the move out west, deer were always a part of my life with plenty of them showing up in the backyard constantly. Truthfully when I was a kid I got startled by a deer when I was playing in the stream behind my house and I felt a primal connection to the deer ever since that moment. For the split second when we locked eyes with the stream between us, the world got very still. Out of instinct both myself and the deer ran away in opposite directions and I didn't even think how cool it was to have that experience until afterward.
This artwork was inspired by that moment when I was across the stream from the deer. As you can see I added highlights to the face as that was the part I remembered the most about that moment. The landscape was inspired by some of my greatest adventures on a drive toward the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe when I was headed to Boise and Seattle for a road trip with my wife and dogs. The vast fields and sheer mountain landscapes are some of the best I have seen in my life and I wanted to capture that essence in this artwork.
Original Charcoal on Canvas
Time Lapse of Creating October Bellow